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First-Generation Student Resources

» Resources for First-Generation Students

You’re considered a First-Generation student if your parent(s)/legal guardian(s) haven’t earned a bachelor’s degree. 

Chapman is proud to provide resources to help First-Generation students succeed in college and become part of an active campus community. 

Our First-Generation Student website provides a lot of great information. Below are some specific details about the admission process and key highlights.

Admission Resources for First-Generation Students

Being the first in your family to go to college is a huge accomplishment, and our entire admission team is excited to introduce you to Chapman and help you throughout the application process. Roughly twenty percent of Chapman students, as well as many of our admission counselors, are first-generation. If you have questions about Chapman, applying or finding the right college, you can find your counselor here

You can also visit us and take a tour of campus, which is a great way to meet current students and see what life at Chapman is like.

Our admission team also awards first-generation scholarships to select students based on academic performance, outstanding leadership in their community and demonstrated financial need. These awards do not require an additional application: they are evaluated with your admission decision.


Resources for Incoming First-Generation Students

After you’re admitted we offer multiple opportunities to help you and your family make the transition to college:

  • The First-Generation Summer Bridge program is a three-day, on-campus orientation for incoming first-gen students. A week before your first semester, current students, staff and faculty (many of whom will be first-gen themselves) will introduce you to campus resources and share tips for having a great academic and social experience.
  • We also host a variety of orientation events to help you and your family get to know Chapman. 
  • Over the summer, we hold Summer Welcome Receptions for incoming students throughout the country. This gives you and your family the chance to meet incoming students and their parents as well as Chapman alums. 

Visit our Parents and Families of First-Generation Students page for tips and additional resources to help you and your family transition into college life.

Tips for First-Gen Students

First-generation students learning about Chapman University.

First-gen student Alejandro De Anda has found a community at Chapman he can rely on. Read his tips for other students to make connections and thrive. 

Resources for Current First-Generation Students

These programs help you excel academically and find a community you can rely on:

  • Promising Futures is a year-round program that supports the academic, professional and social development of first-generation students. Program offerings include monthly academic and professional development workshops, weekly study sessions and first-gen community-building events. 
  • First-Gen Mentoring Programs are designed to connect you with a dedicated faculty member, staff member or student who will help support you in meeting your academic, professional and social goals. 
  • Financial Assistance - First-Generation students are able to apply for financial assistance to support their academic or professional enrichment through Promising Futures funding or the Marian Wright Edelman First Generation Endowed Scholarship.

 

Recent First-Generation Graduates

Contact Us

For questions about first-generation resources, feel free to email firstgen@chapman.edu

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